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Uncharacteristic patriotism for Canada Day, eh?

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tomorrow is July 1st. What we Canadians used to call Dominion Day. And now call Canada's birthday (it's our 142nd, if you're asking) or Canada Day, or whatever. The failure to be prescriptive about the name is in itself pretty typical of Canadian anti-patriotism; we don't tend to wear our hearts on our sleeves when it comes to love of country.

At our golf club, there is generally a Canada Day event. Everyone wears red and white golf clothes. You put a Canadian flag on your golf cart and carry it around the course -- quite a colourful sight. And then, when you've used up your allotted strokes (based on current handicap) you're supposed to plant your flag on the course at that spot. Which means that there are a few flags generally beginning about the 16h green or up the 17th fairway for people doing worse than usual. A few more at the 17th green. Yet more on either side of the 18th fairway, and clustered before the 18th green. If you get to put your flag on the clubhouse side of the 18th green, you've made it around under your handicap: which has never happened for me! And then there's a BBQ, maybe some live music, lots of friends -- a laid back celebration of "Canadianness".

This year I probably won't get to play -- the treatment-related fatigue factor. Or: maybe I'll just play a few holes. If not, I'll be sitting on my verandah looking up at my Canadian flag .

Because -- I am feeling particularly grateful this year to be Canadian. And especially for the Canadian medical system which has taken such good care of me worry-free. The whole six month treatment programme has cost me nothing more than parking fees at the hospital -- and even the parking has been discounted for the daily clinic visits. But the quality of the care has been amazing too -- professional, kindly, humorous, tactful. I'd be appreciative of that quality of human interaction at any price.

So even though most Canadians don't make a big deal about July 1st, I'll be feeling particularly Canadian tomorrow. Very glad to be so -- and glad to be getting healthier day by day.

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And thankful too for the support of all the SparkPeople friends who've helped me with the weight loss part of getting healthier. Some Canadians --some from other parts of the world; and most the wonderfully warm and outgoing Americans. I do hope you Americans enjoy your July 4th celebration coming up with all the hoopla and hands on heart that Canadians don't do -- but some of us can just about imagine. Because just occasionally we let ourselves feel patriotic, too!

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JOPAPGH 6/30/2009 9:45PM

    So for Canada Day do you get freebies at Tim Horton's?

If there is one thing Pittsburgh likes it is fireworks. We probably have 10 displays a year. I think this is because one of the biggest fireworks companies in the world, Zambelli Fireworks, is based just up the river. They did the fireworks display for the Staue of Liberty celebration.

There will be a three day celebration here, the Three Rivers Regatta, with water races, stunt demonstrations, live music, food (that I will make a healthy, concious decision not to eat) and of course a kick@ss fireworks show.

Enjoy your holiday,


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A Little Fatigue . . . Having Faith

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I am sustaining my cheerful mood and feeling grateful for the excellent treatment I'm getting (reducing my statistical chance of recurrence from about 25% to maybe 2-3%) but: the cumulative effect of the series of treatments is making me somewhat fatigued, just as I was told to expect. And: some redness/skin reaction, also as I was told to expect. Which will culminate about 2 weeks after the last treatment (there are 6 to go).

So I'm not feeling able to get to the gym for my usual vigorous workouts every day, will have to take it easier, do what I can, keep on the programme from a nutrition-tracking perspective (not too hard, since appetite is also quite a bit reduced) and just have faith that I WILL do what exercise I can and get back into the full exercise routine (as I always have) when it's possible to do so.

This isn't a race, there is no deadline, I'm only 3 pounds from goal: and it will happen.

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DSHONEYC 6/30/2009 2:52PM

    Hi there, too busy to blog? The more I get to know you the more I think we are kindred spirits in many ways.
Happy Dominion Day! emoticon

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DSHONEYC 6/29/2009 1:00PM

    Hello again, thanks for the message on my last blog. I look forward to hearing from you. Hope you didn't overdo with the gardening! I know I put in several hours Saturday, and needed a nap (which I didn't get) afterwards. Being tired is the worst thing in the world compared to the others I see when I go into treatment every morning. I can tell (plus they told me) that they have had chemo, too, and that is scary. Putting the "poison" into your body knowing it will make you sick and lose your hair and perhaps burn your insides....we have got it easy I think, huh? The end is in site and the garden will be there for us......


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WACHSC 6/27/2009 6:13PM

    I am sure that you are feeling worn out from the treatments. After all you are fighting a battle and that takes a lot of energy. Don't worry so much about how much you work out when you are feeling fatigued. Number 1 priority is to allow your body to heal. You have such a wonderful outlook.
Thanks, by the way for the comment on my blog. Always nice to get a little encouragement. Know that my prayers are with you. May God grant you a full recovery!
In Him,

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DARLENA3 6/26/2009 11:08PM

    You know my thoughts are with you. You must rest rest and take care of you. You will get to your goal when it is the right time. Healthy and happier!!

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DSHONEYC 6/25/2009 11:36PM

    Hi there, thanks for the nice comments on my blog of Wednesday I think. Yes, after 11 radiation treaments (25 to go!) I am starting to feel tired, as the they advised. Hits me in the afternoon. Today I worked a long day, but tomorrow I am leaving a little early as I have a dinner dance to go to. No redness to speak of, but I am faithfully using aloe vera 3-4 times a day. Finally got my time set for 8:45 am every morning from now on (unless I need to reschedule). Its not so bad geting it done first thing in the morning and less disruptive to my schedule.

I like the people at the clinic, they are very nice and its pretty easy to keep a cheerful face. There are so many other people there with worse burdens to bear.
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emoticon on only 6 more treatments and 4 pounds to your goal! I am so impressed!

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JOPAPGH 6/25/2009 10:01PM

    Keep your head down and just focus on what you need to. You have the positive attitude to succeed. You are blessed to have a supportive family around you.

Looking forward to maintaining with you some time in the future. I'm here if you need me.

All the best,


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MRSWIGGLY6 6/25/2009 9:48PM

    You know you are such a fighter. Yes you will make it to goal as you have so much strength inside of you even though your body doesn't right now. Once you do I will be shouting on the roof tops with you girl. emoticon

This is no race and your correct about that. This is a lifestyle change for all of us. The only race I might be doing is racing towards the bathroom from all the water. emoticon

Thanks for being you!


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Shopping in My Closet

Saturday, June 20, 2009

OK, the scales aren't moving just now -- only tantalizing me by wavering a pound or two lower, pausing provokingly, and then settling back on the 158.5. (This is, of course, a more reassuring portent of better things to come than the reverse -- i.e. hovering higher with the old 6 in the middle: so I'm not complaining).

And while I'm waiting, what could be more fun on a rainy Saturday than shopping in my closet, trying on clothes I haven't been able to wear for awhile, deciding whether I can wear them now -- or maybe in 3.5 pounds when I reach goal weight -- or maybe not until I take it down a bit lower than that even.

Things that I can wear immediately: a sleek black suit (jacket, skirt, pants, not at the same time however) - all size 8. A scalloped-hem black skirt. A Mexx black skirt (seems to be a theme developing here). A bright red cotton shawl collar blouse. A blue linen skirt suit. Some Hawaiin print capris --for the golf course. And a pair of pale green golf pants. Pretty soon: a sweetheart neckline cream suit with pearl buttons. A blue gingham summer shirt. And a bright flowered cotton summer dress, very fitted through the bodice with a full skirt, deep side pockets. All of this determined in the context of thinking about which scarf, shoes, bag etc. I'd put with each of the outfits . . .

Two nice things about shopping in my closet: first of all, absolutely free, and even better than free because -- I already paid for this stuff. And second: when I paid for it, I'd chosen it because I liked it. Still do!

All of this if of course totally frivolous and girly stuff. And it's ridiculous how much fun it is! emoticon

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IMAGINE_IT 6/24/2009 10:17AM

    Sounds as if you have a great selection in your closet...i think it is a good idea to look through your closet first before one runs out and buys all type of clothes when losing weight..because you just never know what treasures one can find right at home...as for me..look what i found in my closet: emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    I went shopping in my closet TWICE this weekend! There are still a lot of things that don't fit but there were so many things that did - and it is so wonderful when that zipper slides all the way up without me having to contort my body in unimagineable positions.

You were right - it IS fun!

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JOPAPGH 6/21/2009 5:24PM

    I have 8 - 10 pair of pants that I bought when I last lost the weight, but did not have time to have hemmed before I started the quick slide back to chubby.

I have them out and ready to go to the tailor.

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Moving on Down!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

It was a thrill to see a "5" as the middle number on the scales today! Just 3.5 pounds to go to goal weight, but I know it may take 3 or more weeks to get there: the weight comes off much more slowly at this point. However, wearing a size six (six!!: vanity six, but still a six!!) skirt yesterday was also very encouraging -- and it wasn't tight, wasn't uncomfortable. So the inches are coooperating too. It may be that when I get to goal weight I decide that it wouldn't hurt to peel back a few more: lean body mass is best to discourage recurrence.

Treatment schedule continues -- I've now completed 4 out of 16 -- and although a bit fatigued, so far nothing that can't be handled.

All in all: feeling good and enjoying the great people I've met through SparkPeople. Thanks, all.


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DARLENA3 6/17/2009 11:51AM

    You are such an inspiration. I know the feeling of getting off those last few pounds. They seem to be super glued on, but they must go. I know we are willing to work through this barrier. emoticon

And YES, 50 somethings CAN still where bikinis. That is my goal!! Hey, maybe we should get our belly buttons peirced too! You go first.

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JOPAPGH 6/16/2009 6:23PM

    Glad to hear treatment is going well and great news on your progress!

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Feeling good and grateful

Thursday, June 11, 2009

This has been a red letter day! Completed month one yesterday: I'm down a further three pounds -- five to go to goal weight. It is doable and -- with a lot of support -- I seem to be doing it. Much more fun rooting in my closet with clothes fitting more comfortably for sure.

Plus -- most appreciative of the kind folks at my hospital who made my day one of radiation absolutely as pleasant an experience as it could possibly be. And increased my optimism that the whole course of treatment lying ahead is also doable.

An attitude of gratitude sounds very cheesy but: that's how I'm feeling today.

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DUCKEY1466 6/14/2009 9:04AM

    I do love your attitude! Your an inspriration.. emoticon

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DARLENA3 6/11/2009 9:58PM

    I like "an attitude of gratitude"! Not cheesy at all. We should have that more often.

Take care of yourself, my friend. Keeping you in my thoughts.

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